LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has stressed the protective arrangements for coping with the possible flood and monsoon should be better than the previous year.

“I will personally monitor all pre-floods protective arrangements,” he told the Cabinet Committee on Flood during a meeting on Saturday.

Warning of intolerance against any delay in implementation of decision made in this regard, Shahbaz Sharif said all concerned federal and provincial departments should complete all precautionary arrangements for coping with possible flood.

The Cabinet Committee on Flood should monitor protective arrangements by visiting various places, he urged. He further directed the committee that the weather situation and flow of water in the rivers should be monitored 24 hours and administration should remain alert in view of the situation. “There should be complete preparation for meeting any emergent situation,” he held.

Besides protective arrangements, the committee should also review the stock of medicines and the working condition of necessary equipments, said the chief minister. He further directed the officials concerned to immediately remove encroachments alongside rainy nullahs and river beds. The district administration, with the cooperation of police, should take indiscriminate action against the violators, he suggested.

Shahbaz grieved over Abdullah’s death: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of renowned writer and novelist Abdullah Hussain.

In a condolence message, the chief minister paid tributes to the literary services of the deceased. “Abdullah Hussain was a historic writer and novelist. He was the identity of Pakistan at international level,” he paid tribute the departed soul in these words.

“Abdullah Hussain created literature of international standard with unique style and got a high place in literary field. No doubt, in the death of Abdullah Hussain, literary world has been deprived of a writer and novelist of international repute and this vacuum will never be filled,” he added.

He also prayed for the departed soul and the bereaved family.

Visit: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday visited Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Gujranwala and inquired after under-treatment persons injured in train accident.

The chief minister met every injured jawan and inquired about his health. He prayed for the early recovery of the injured. Talking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that he is deeply grieved over the train accident in Gujranwala. Commandant CMH Gujranwala Brig Dr Aizaz informed Shahbaz Sharif about the treatment of injured persons and treatment facilities being provided to them. Station Commander Brig Mohy-ul-Islam, Federal Minister for Industries & Commerce Khurrum Dastagir, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada and Justice (retd) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema also accompanied the chief minister.

Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif went to Corps Headquarter Gujranwala where he was given a briefing about the train accident in Gujranwala. Gujranwala Corps Commander Lt Gen Ghayyur Mahmood was also present during the briefing. The chief minister was told that rescue operation was possible due to joint efforts of civil administration and army.

Army officials, during the briefing, lauded the timely services of district officers, police, rescue-1122 and other concerned institutions.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said the entire nation is grieved over this tragic incident. He added the Pak army is rendering historic and exemplary services in the war against terrorism and the whole nation is standing with Pak army in this time of trial.